Hundreds walk to raise awareness for kidney disease

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Hundreds of people laced up their shoes Saturday morning and walked to raise awareness about a health threat many people may not know about.

Each year, kidney disease kills more people than breast and prostate cancer combined. That’s why the National Kidney Foundation of Indiana organized Saturday’s Kidney Walk along the canal downtown.

It was a chance for people to get screened and to walk in solidarity with those who’ve been touched by the disease.

The Hake family walked to support their mom, Denise.

“I was shocked by the statistics of kidney disease. A lot of people – I mean it’s something you don’t know,” Denise Hake said. “I didn’t know I had it – I didn’t know high blood pressure would cause kidney disease. Had I known I’d of been tested. Maybe something could have been done to help prevent it.”

Saturday’s Kidney Walk was a Gr8 Health event. WISH-TV was a sponsor and 24-Hour News 8’s Jeff Wagner served as emcee. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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